Binh Dinh Province, located in the south-central region of Vietnam, will be hosting its inaugural Hot-Air Balloon Festival from April 24 to May 5. The event is part of an effort to boost tourism, both domestically and from abroad. Visitors will be able to partake in a variety of activities, such as hot-air balloon rides, paragliding, and more. The festival is expected to draw a large number of visitors, showcasing the beauty and culture of the area.
The festival, entitled ‘Quy Nhon – Sea Paradise – Brilliant Colors’, will be held at Quy Nhon Square in the namesake city in Binh Dinh Province, Huynh Cao Nhat, the Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Tourism, announced on Wednesday.
Twelve vibrantly-hued hot-air balloons, each measuring 25-28 meters in diameter, will grace the skyline of the city during the festival.
The majestic hot-air balloons can soar up to 300-500 meters in the air, offering an unforgettable experience for two to five passengers per flight.
Tourists can explore the beautiful sea city from above by opting for either a tethered or free-floating balloon ride. With a bird’s eye view, they can take in the city’s stunning scenery and create lasting memories.
Free-floating rides start at 6:00 am every day with two passengers and a pilot aboard the balloons. These rides typically last 45-60 minutes.
Meanwhile, tethered balloon rides are available daily from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Each balloon can hold up to three passengers, in addition to the pilot, for a five-minute journey.
This is the first time Binh Dinh has held a spectacular hot-air balloon festival. It will be a key tourism activity for the province in 2023 and will help to attract local and international travelers,” said Nhat.
Binh Dinh will host a range of exciting events to showcase its tourism offerings, including a photo exhibition, the grand finale of Miss World Vietnam 2023, a convention for the One Commune One Product (OCOP) program and traditional craft villages in Binh Dinh, and a martial arts festival. The events are being organized by the provincial Department of Tourism.
The province welcomed 1.26 million tourists during the first quarter of this year, recording a remarkable 33% year-on-year increase.
Its tourism revenue surged to VND2.6 trillion (US$111 million) last quarter, more than double the figure from the same period last year.
Binh Dinh province has set ambitious targets for this year, aiming to welcome five million visitors and generate tourism revenue of VND16.4 trillion ($700 million), according to Nhan Dan (People) newspaper. This is a significant rise from last year’s figures, and the province is working hard to ensure these goals are achieved.